The £24 Dress For All Occasions
Isn't it annoying that the season you're expected to attend the most events and parties is also the season you have to shell out your life savings on gifts for family and friends? The time you will be the poorest is also the time that you'll find yourself invited out for the most drinks parties and "quick catch up" dinners. When cash is strapped, the last thing you'll want to be doing is buying a new outfit for every day of the week (although it is tempting and with the sales rolling around early, we've all attempted it). That being said, I've found the proverbial pot of gold in dress form; it's simple enough to be restyled time and time again, but incorporates small nods to current trends in order to keep it current. Best of all? It's available in 6 colours at the moment.
Bag - Gucci
Shoes - Topshop
When it comes to dresses, I like to go one way or the other. It's either a huge statement and unlikely to be worn again, or it's functional and pulled out time and time again to fit the bill on any occasion. This MissPap number is definitely one of the latter. Far from being boring, however, small trend touches have been added to breathe a little life into what otherwise is a classic silhouette. The frills are what sold me from the beginning; you guys know I'm a huge lover of a subtle frill, so the soft flaring on these sleeves is perfect for adding a little sass (or a little flare??? *wow*). Couple that with the tie wrap belt - bonus points for allowing me to fake a waist - and you've got something a little more special than your standard bodycon.
Being a petite girl, I tend to shy away from dresses that aren't specifically from the petite section. Either the hem will be too long or the shoulders won't sit right or the beautiful keyhole back detailing suddenly becomes a dodgy butt-crease detail. Due to the flattering cut of this little number, however, I needn't have been afraid. Obviously the length will adjust depending on your height, but the loose fitting fabric means that no matter how low or high, it's always going to look lovely.
The best thing for me about this dress, however, is its versatility. I've gone unsurprisingly simple, as always, and carried my baby Gucci in hand whilst popping on these beautiful suede heels from Topshop, but there are so many ways you can restyle this to look brand new each and every time. You could pop a pair of fishnet tights on with chunky 70s platforms and a bright red lips for out-out ready, or you could layer up a pair of culottes underneath for a fake-it-to-make-it co-ord. Similarly, strap a statement belt around any colour-way of this dress and you're good to go with even the most casual of loafers (I'm always desperate to rock that off-duty cool in a dress with flat shoes and a slicked back, cool-girl bun).
Do you have staple festive season go-to's that you return to time and time again? Let me know in the comments down below or find me over on Instagram and Twitter!
This post was sponsored by MissPap, but as always, all thoughts and content are my own.